Solid State Physics

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lecture 26: Landau Levels

A metal in a magnetic field has its Fermi sea sectioned into onion-like layers, shaped like cylinders. These are Landau levels, due to the harmonic oscillator motion of electrons moving in circular orbits in a magnetic field. (They're only "circular" for free electrons, and can have funny shapes for electrons in a real metal.) We show a very easy way to spot the quantum harmonic oscillator in this type of problem. The quantum nature of the harmonic oscillator leads to the quantized "Landau levels" of the electrons.

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